CraftNOW in Philadelphia

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The Days and Weeks Surrounding November 9 – 12, 2017
Citywide

CraftNOW activates the City in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show throughout the month of November. Join us as we examine the Fluid Boundaries of contemporary craft practices and intersections with other disciplines including the fine arts, design, and making. Plans for these lectures, exhibitions, hands-on activities and special events are currently underway for 2017.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
November 9 – November 12, 2017

Flower Pot by Nick Lenker whose exhibition “Recreation, The First Person” will be on view at The Galleries at Moore this Fall. Lenker is a current Resident Artist at The Clay Studio.

A Well-Crafted First Friday in Old City

Friday, November 3
Galleries, Retailers and Restaurants throughout Old City

CraftNOW partners invite you to explore Philadelphia’s galleries showcasing contemporary craft in all media. Click here for a full listing of last year’s promotions.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Preview Party

Wednesday, November 8
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

The Craft Show’s opening night gala featuring a cocktail buffet and an exclusive first look at the show.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Thursday – Sunday, November 9-12
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants. All work is for sale. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is presented annually by the Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects and to support exhibitions and education programs.

4th Annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts

Thursday, November 9
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

The University of the Arts will award the fourth annual Irvin Borowsky International Prize in Glass Arts at a ceremony and public lecture by the Prize winner. The Prize, which carries a $5,000 award and travel stipend, recognizes an artist whose work is conceptually daring, exemplifies technical skill and innovation, and advances the field of contemporary glass. Previous winners include Matthew Szösz, Bryan McGovern Wilson and Helen Lee.

CraftNOW Create

Saturday, November 11, 11am-4pm
The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street

Craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. Activities will be presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, The Center for Art in Wood, University of the Arts, and Wayne Art Center to name a few. For a full listing of activities, visit https://craftnowphila.org/craftnowcreate/

Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms 2016 and Craft NOW 2016 Closing Event

Friday, December 1
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

Contemporary craft is shown around the Philadelphia region and CraftNOW closes our November programming with the opening reception for Wayne Art Center’s Craft Forms: The 23nd International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft on December 1. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as a premiere contemporary craft exhibition.  The finest works in ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts, and significantly benefiting all educational and outreach programs for children and adults.